How Vitamin D Reduces the Risk of Cancer

We can choose to disregard science at our own risk, but we cannot fight reality. If cancer happened, there have to be underlying problems that impaired the immune system’s ability to prevent cancer.  The immune system is not something abstract.  It works through biochemical processes that need specific nutritional components in order to happen.  I like the following analogy: Let’s say I have to go from point A to point B in my car.  I can think that all I am going to need is enough gas to get me there.  That is true, but I can have all the gasoline in the world, but if the engine is not working I am never going to get there.  The same applies if I have no oil, or a flat tire, or if the brakes are broken, and what have you.

Same goes for everything that happens in the body.  If something is missing its function is not going to work.  In order to prevent cancer, and even more so to resolve cancer, the body must have all the required nutrients for optimal immune system function in adequate supply.  A deficiency will impair your body’s ability to perform as it is meant to.  In the case of Vitamin D, it controls over 2,000 genes out of the approximately 20,000 in the human genome.  What do you think is going to happen with the functions controlled by those genes?  Something is going to go wrong.  And if vitamin D is the one that switches on the P53 gene, which is in charge of causing apoptosis (programmed cell death) of cells that become cancerous, we don’t have to be geniuses to figure out that a vitamin D deficiency is a very important factor in the initiation and progression of cancer.

When it comes to your health and the health of your family, you cannot afford to abdicate responsibility.  You must educate yourself.  This takes an investment of time and there is no crash course on nutrition that can prepare you enough to be able to make informed decisions.

In the following video, Dr. Robert Heaney, MD, Professor at Creighton University and a leading expert on vitamin D, explains a fundamental difference between nutrients and drugs, the way studies are conducted and many more important basic principles many people do not properly grasp.

There is a lack of clarity as to what the function of the DNA is.  Many mistakenly think that DNA is what controls how your body works.  That is inaccurate and misses the point.

The DNA is actually a library, containing information, which when accessed and put to use, carries out the required functions.  All the cells in our body contain the same DNA; the liver cells have the same DNA as the kidney cells, the same as your heart and the same as your toes and so forth.  What makes each cell unique is what is being expressed, which information found in the DNA is being put into action, to make one cell act as a liver cell and another cell to act as a kidney cell.  The role of vitamin D, and of other nutrients, hormones, proteins and the like which serve this purpose, is to access and activate the necessary information in the DNA which the cell requires at that moment to perform a particular function.  So for example, in our discussion about cancer, when a cell becomes damaged or has aged and reached its lifespan, the p53 gene, in charge of apoptosis, must be accessed by vitamin D, and then the p53 destroys the cell which is then replaced by new cells.  In the absence of adequate vitamin D, the p53 gene is not activated and the damaged or aged cell does not follow the natural replacement, and is instead granted immortality and can then move on to develop into cancer.  There are about 20,000 genes that we know of in our DNA, and an astounding 10% of them require vitamin D to be activated.

I urge you to take the time to watch the presentation below by one of the leading scientists on Vitamin D from the University of California, San Diego. It contains vital information about the influence of vitamin D deficiency on the development of cancer, and how attaining adequate levels of vitamin D can greatly improve the odds of avoiding and even reversing cancer.

How Vitamin D Reduces the Incidence of Cancer

In a new study, researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center used a complex computer prediction model to determine that intake of vitamin D3 and calcium would prevent 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer annually in the US and Canada. The researchers’ model also predicted that 75% of deaths from these cancers could be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Join Dr. Cedric Garland, lead researcher on the study, as he discusses the implications of these findings and the proposed actions.

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